Over the past few years, both major political parties in our country have been forced to react to the times and figure out who they are and what they stand for. There is no question that this work is far from done. However, one of the most promising trends of this political soul-searching has been the conservative reckoning with how starkly at odds their ages old “lock them up and throw away the key'' mantra truly is with limited government and individual freedom. The war on drugs itself is not much more than an expensive assault on personal freedom.
Alongside four of her colleagues in the House, Rep. Nancy Mace (R-S.C.) further cemented this shift, introducing legislation with a goal formerly rejected by the Republican party: legalizing marijuana. While we can all remember the fear-mongering ads from decades past of girls flattening into couches and boys swallowing broken glass, fortunately, times have changed. Research has been conducted, science has advanced, and policies have been tested in states and localities that strongly support marijuana legalization.